2024 Outstanding Pharmacist Award

The goal of this Award is to honor an Association member for outstanding and lasting contributions to the profession that will endure for a long period of time.

The following criteria shall be considered in determining the winner:

  1. Involvement in Association activities
  2. Leadership
  3. Courage
  4. Creativity and Innovation

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VPhA Members – The ballot will remain open until EOD Friday, March 1, 2024.

2024 Candidates

View Alexis Page CV/Resume

Bio: Dr. Alexis Page currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Division of Pharmacy Services at the Virginia Department of Health. Dr. Page has served in multiple roles during the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 pandemic response, including serving as a liaison between pharmacies and the Department of Health, providing education, and technical assistance, and developing resources and guidance for pharmacists when administering COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Page also co-leads the Mpox response in the Commonwealth and continues to serve as a consultant pharmacist for COVID-19, Mpox, and other state emergency preparedness activities.

Nomination Letter: Dr. Page is originally from New Hampshire but calls Virginia home now after relocating to Richmond after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and completing post-graduate residency and fellowship training with VCU and Kroger Pharmacy. She currently serves as a pharmacy supervisor in the Division of Pharmacy Services with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). In this role, Dr. Page oversees medication and vaccine distribution to local health departments. In particular, she has spent numerous hours working with VPhA and the Board of Pharmacy to help increase access to naloxone; she is currently leading the VDH Naloxone Distribution Program in Virginia. Dr. Page has also been an integral part of the COVID-19 and mpox programs at VDH. With her assistance, and others, COVID-19 and mpox vaccines and therapeutics were readily available to the public. Overall, Dr. Page continues to be passionate about pharmacy practice advancement and patient medication access.


View Kelly Hasty Kale CV/Resume

Bio: Kelly grew up in Gloucester County working in her father’s pharmacy and knew from a very early age she wanted to pursue pharmacy as a career. She received her BS in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Va. in 1985 and opened Olde Towne Pharmacy in Williamsburg in 1987. At the age of 25, she became the youngest pharmacy owner in the state and one of only a handful of female owners. She is currently the longest-serving pharmacist in the Williamsburg community as she gets ready to start her 37th year in business. Kelly’s service to the community and profession started at a very early age through her involvement with church, school clubs, and scouting. It continued through her college years where she was elected the first female president in the then 59-year history of the school’s pharmacy service fraternity Phi Delta Chi. (cont.) READ FULL BIO

Nomination Letter: Kelly’s long-standing and remarkable career has been punctuated by many highlights—but also by its consistency of excellence. She has been an active member of VPhA since 1985 when she graduated from pharmacy school. She has served on various committees and in numerous leadership roles, including President from 1994 to 1995. She has been recognized by her peers with several prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award, and Local Association President’s Award.

Kelly is the youngest female pharmacist in Virginia to open her independent pharmacy and still runs it today. She has been involved her entire career with the Academy of Independent Pharmacies and played an integral role in getting the original entrepreneur pharmacy class offered at MCV/VCU as an elective. She has worked tirelessly over the years with the finances of VPhA. Her work in this area has had a positive impact on the viability and sustainability of the Association. Kelly was appointed and served for many years on the VPhA Foundation. She was Chair for over 10 years and currently is interim Treasurer. Two other areas that stand out to me have been her time precepting and mentoring students, many of whom continue to seek her guidance, and her dedication to VAPAP, obtaining help for those pharmacists who need assistance with addiction. I am certain that the latter made her father very proud!

There is no one more passionate about the profession of pharmacy and the advancement of community pharmacy practice than Kelly Kale. In a career spanning over 38 years, Kelly has consistently demonstrated her commitment to pharmacist education, pharmacy practice, health care delivery, and collaborative care. Her focus is always on trying to do the right thing which may not necessarily be the most popular.  I could go on, for there is much to like and praise about Kelly and her stellar career. For VPhA to recognize her with the Outstanding Pharmacist Award would be a fitting tribute to her life’s work.